If you're looking for the best things to do this weekend in Dallas, Collin County and beyond, look no further, here's the only list you need.
It's officially December now, so that means there will be no shortage of holiday-themed celebrations, lit up neighborhoods to drive through, and plenty of other great things to do this weekend in Dallas and beyond.
Keep reading for the 10+ best things to do in Dallas this weekend (and beyond), followed by even more of the best things to do this weekend. There's a lot!
Celebrate the start of the holidays at a tree lighting ceremony!
This weekend, all on Saturday, there are 7 tree lighting ceremonies taking place in Collin County and nearby for you to choose from! Get moe information on each option by clicking on the links below.
December 4 – Merry Main Street (Frisco)
December 4 – Little Elm Park Tree Lighting
December 4 – Prosper Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade
December 4 – Dickens in Downtown Plano
December 4 – Holly Jolly Celebration (Allen)
December 4 – The Shops at Willow Bend (Plano)
December 4 – Tree Lighting at Santa’s Village (Richardson)
Plus, the Dallas Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza is at The Star in Frisco every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. through to December 18. This holiday performance showcases the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, Cowboys Rookie Squad, mascot Rowdy, and even Santa Claus! Click here for more info.
See The Nutcracker
Add an extra touch of holiday cheer to your holiday season by attending a performance of The Nutcracker! In DFW, there are a number of opportunities to see the beloved ballet, ranging in price, venue size, and style. This holiday tradition tends to sell out quickly, so grab your tickets today!
There are many performances of The Nutcracker scheduled for Dec 4 and 5, click here for details.
Dallas Holiday Parade
When: Dec. 4
Where: The Adolphus Hotel, Dallas
More info: dallasholidayparade.com
The biggest Christmas parade in Dallas! Started in 1987, the Dallas Holiday Parade is the City’s largest one-day, outdoor event. More than 350 television stations in 159 markets have syndicated the parade. It continues to enchant attendees with floats, balloons, dance troupes, marching bands and more!
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops
When: Dec. 3-12, 2021
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
More info: Dallassymphony.org
The beloved tradition continues with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendent anthems, classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Our favorite Holiday vocalists, Ava Pine and Reginald Smith, Jr., join the DSO and the Dallas Symphony Chorus to bring a bit of Christmas magic to the Meyerson. Sprinkle in a Santa appearance, a bit of snow, the joyous sounds of the DSO and there is nothing quite like it!
Check out the Malibu Barbie truck!
When: December 4
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
More info: Click here!
Has the confusing Texas weather got you yearning for warmer temperatures? Or are you just not ready to plunge headlong into all things Christmas?
Here's a wacky little detour that's especially fun for any Barbie lover, young or old! The touring Malibu Barbie truck is in town for one day only at The Shops at Willow Bend. Go check out all limited edition 70’s inspired Barbie merch only available at the truck!
The Prosper Christmas Festival
When: December 4, from 3-7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Prosper
More info: prosperchristmas.org
Celebrate Christmas (Prosper style!) with activities designed to delight and entertain all ages! the Community Tree Lighting, Santa's Workshop, Kids Christmas Shoppe, Kids Fun Zone, local talent on the Community Stage, Carriage Rides, live demonstrations, shopping for all ages, food truck vendors and fireworks. New, magical exhibits include Santa’s Barn (featuring reindeer treats), Frosty the Snowman’s house, the Gingerbread House and a glittery Winter Wonderland.
The festival will conclude with Prosper Mayor Ray Smith leading the children in the countdown to the annual tree lighting and fireworks.
The event, presented by the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department, is free of charge!
CityLine's Merry Market
When: December 4, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: CityLine Plaza | 1150 State Street, Richardson, TX
More info: Click here!
CityLine and The Boho Market are bringing Merry Market on December 4. Over half a million lights for CityLine LIGHTS combined with over 70 vendors at Merry Market makes CityLine a must-stop-shop this holiday season! Here's why:
- A market featuring over 70 vendors
- A wreath-making workshop ($30 per person)
- Live music throughout the day
- Crafts for kids
- ...and more!
The Legacy North Pole at Legacy West
When: Until December 23
Where: Legacy West, Plano
The Legacy North Pole offers your holiday favorites mixed with some new classics for a family-friendly holiday experience. From ‘Mistletoe Mall’ pop-ups to access to the top-secret list at “Naughty & Nice Cafe”, Legacy North Pole is sure to provide a reason for this season’s celebrations.
Here are just a few of the holiday cheer-filled events that will be taking place at Legacy North Pole this holiday season:
- Story Time with Mrs. Claus – Join Mrs. Claus for storytime at the Legacy North Pole! Hosted by local photographer Misty Hoyt, Mrs. Claus will be reading stories every 30 minutes at Sleigh All Day on Saturdays throughout the holiday season.
- Complimentary Gift Wrapping – This year is all about being together and creating holiday memories. Stop by ‘Sleigh All Day’ from Black Friday through Christmas to enlist Santa’s helpers in making the presents under the tree even more exciting! Available Friday – Sunday, complimentary gift wrapping will be offered for guests (limited to two gifts per person).
Take a drive through Deerfield to see the lights
While there are many great areas to see great Christmas lights, one of the best is the Deerfield Plano Christmas Lights. From the dancing Santas, to a house with a lit-up giant wheel, to a whole street snyched up to music, there’s no argument that the Christmas Lights at Deerfield Plano are spectacular.
But now that it’s become so popular, navigating it can be a bit of a challenge.
Never fear! We have a guide for that.
Here we bring you our top tips (as well as everything else you need to know) for making your trip to Deerfield Plano a merry one.
Dickens at Downtown Plano
When: December 4 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Haggard Park and McCall Plaza, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano
More info: plano.gov
Not even Scrooge can complain about the cool ice sculptures, free s’mores and fun photos with Victorian Santa. There is even a slide with real snow! Dickens in Downtown Plano is also known for a stellar line-up of live holiday music across several stages.
Merry & Bright extravaganza at The Boardwalk
When: December 4 from 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: The Boardwalk at Granite Park, Plano
More info: granitepark.com/the-boardwalk/
- The Boardwalk will be fully immersed into a winter wonderland photo op where you can snap a snowy good picture.
- There will be a holly jolly market that is the perfect place to find stocking stuffers.
- Santa will be at The Pavilion with his sleigh in tow for everyone to take pictures with him.
- There will be festive violin music being played creating a holiday ambiance that is unforgettable.
- Toys for Tots will also be hosting a toy drive at the event for boys and girls in need, so gifts will be greatly appreciated!
When: November 26 – January 2
Where: Esplanade at Fair Park, Dallas
More info: enchantchristmas.com
Prepare to be captivated by the holiday season as Enchant, a whimsical and heartfelt Christmas light maze and village! Known for transporting guests to a world of festive wonder, Enchant is proud to present The Great Search, the first in a series of five fascinating adventures.
Within Enchant Christmas, a world of Christmas wonder awaits holiday revelers in the form of these festive activities:
- The Christmas Light Maze – “The Great Search” takes guests through a twinkling wonderland in search of Santa’s missing gifts.
- Christmas Market – Taste seasonal delights and shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local vendors showcasing home decor, jewelry, gourmet foods, and more. Vendor applications are still being accepted at EnchantChristmas.com.
- Star Experiences – Enjoy all that the Enchant experience has to offer plus full service catering, and more. Enchant Christmas is now accepting reservations for Holiday Parties.
- Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Santa is ready for holiday photos and Mrs. Claus will lead story time for the little ones.
- Food and Beverage – Enjoy holiday-themed food and drinks that are sure to please everyone.,
- Ice-Skating Trail – Enchant features an Ice-Skating Trail adorned with spectacular light displays. Rent a pair of skates at the event and take a glide with your loved ones.
Grab tickets online!
Catch a Christmas Parade!
This is a weekend FULL of Christmas parades! Here are all the best local parades for you and your family to choose from:
- RICHARDSON CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 4, at 9 a.m. | cor.net
This year’s Christmas Parade theme is “There’s no place like home.” This is a juried parade. Trophys are awarded in a range of categories including the Mayor’s Award, given to the overall outstanding entry presenting and illustrating the parade theme and Spectacular Sparkles Award, given to the entry that presents an outstanding display of glitter, shimmer or shine!
- WYLIE CHRISTMAS PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
December 5, at 6 p.m. | wylietexas.gov
FBC Wylie presents the annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade down Ballard Avenue. The Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. with a route down Ballard Avenue in Historic Downtown Wylie.
- TWINKLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE
December 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. | Lake Grapevine
It’s a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their finest. This lighted boat parade picks up entries as it circles the lake at each marina, including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible along the shores of the lake.
Christmas lights you can’t miss this weekend!
Holidays at the Arboretum
When: Until Dec 31, 2021
Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas
Info: 214-515-6615 | dallasarboretum.org
One of the best things to do this weekend, and every year in Dallas!
Holidays at the Arboretum features the 12 Days of Christmas brought to life with elaborate animatronics in magical, 25-ft tall Victorian gazebos. Explore the Christmas village, featuring an authentic German Christmas pyramid. Visit Santa Claus and enjoy all of the entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options the Dallas Arboretum has to offer. Plus, there’s a new 50-foot tall musical tree with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes playing non-stop!
Lights on the Farm
When: Until December 26, weekends only, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Walk-through holiday light display at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano featuring over one million lights in festive yuletide displays. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
We think Lights on the Farm is Plano’s best family-friendly Christmas event. Click here to find out why.
RADIANCE! Featuring FROZEN in Frisco
When: Until January 1, 2022
Where: Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
Drive-thru 1.5 mile-long holiday light spectacular of over 3 million top-of-the-line RGB lights and a winter carnival with bumper cars on ice, snow ball toss and a ferris wheel. Take note that the drive-thru portion is not in your our car, you park your care and ride-through in a theme park-style vehicle ride.
Enchant Christmas (Dallas)
When: Until January 2, 2022
Where: Fair Park at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas
Enchant has Christmas lights, a Christmas carnival, ice-skating and more. This is the winter wonderland you’ve been dreaming of.
When: January 2, 2022 | Available daily from 5 – 11 p.m.
Where: Vitruvian Park at 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison
With over 1.5 million sparking LED lights and more than 550 trees, the display is truly magical. This is a self-guided walk-through experience.
The official opening ceremony for Vitruvian Lights – Holiday Lights Spectacular will be on November 27 at 6 pm. The merriment continues with a performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. The event also includes gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, FREE photos with Santa, classic holiday characters, an elf balloon artist, and more.
Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza
When: Every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. until Dec. 18
Where: Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco
More info: thestardistrict.com/christmas/
The show begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, and special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances.
See The Burkman Holiday House (and tune in on ABC!)
When: December 1 through the holidays
Where: 3809 Hazelhurst Drive, Frisco, TX
3809 Hazelhurst Drive is the best neighborhood holiday light display in Frisco. So good they will featured on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC, the season premier airs November 28. The owners of this house are known for their spectacular style: over 25,000 lights, a giant Santa, a gingerbread house, polar bears, reindeer, penguins, and even a llama or two.
Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort
When: Until January 2
Where: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine
This immersive Christmas experience is unlike any other you’ll find in Texas — only here can you go tubing, ice skating (around a 6,000-ft rink!) and even build a snowman all at once in our great state this holiday season!
There’s a lot more to see at the Gaylord Texan Resort than just Christmas lights. Expect holiday activities and endless hours of Christmas fun including ice-skating and snow tubing, as well as Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf, an immersive multi-sensory experience and adventure to save Buddy the Elf!
Even more great things to do this weekend in Dallas & Collin County
Monthly Muscle Car Show
Dec. 4, at 3:30 pm | Classicalgasmotors.com
Gazeebo Burgers in Plano
PJ Party with Santa
Sweet treats, a balloon elf, a free goodie bag and more at Watters Creek’s Pajama Party in Santa’s Village! Parents are invited to bring children to this free event in their favorite pajamas.
Dec. 5, from 6 - 8 p.m. | www.watterscreek.com
Through Dec 5 | dallassummermusicals.org/shows/hamilton
Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas
Show your furry family members who was a good dog this year during Santa Paws at Watters Creek. Feel-good bonus: $5 of each photo package will be donated to the Animal Rescue Crusaders of Texas.
Dec. 6 and 13, from 5 p.m. to close | WattersCreekSanta.com
959 Garden Park Drive, Watters Creek, Allen
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Through Jan 2, 2022 | jurassicworldexhibition.com
Grandscape at The Colony
10 animatronic dinosaurs lurk along a natural trail.
Through Feb 21, 2022 | heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live
Heard Museum, McKinney
Trains at NorthPark
Until Jan 2, 2022 | thetrainsatnorthpark.com
Immersive Van Gogh
Visit this mindblowing immersive experience where you’ll be surrounded by 500,000 cubic feet of projections displaying Van Gogh’s work.
Through Jan 3 | dallasvangogh.com/about/
Lighthouse Dallas | 507 S. Harwood St., Dallas
The FRIENDS Experience
The couch and Central Perk are all yours for recreating your favorite moments from the sitcom on Instagram!
Through Jan 17 | friendstheexperience.com/dallas
The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano | 6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX